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Bill Clinton on Stump, State and Stage: The Rhetorical Road to the White House


Outstanding scholars of political communication examine President Clinton's campaign?his words, texts, and the dynamics of his ability to inspire the public as "the man from Hope."
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Outstanding scholars of political communication examine President Clinton's campaign—his words, texts, and the dynamics of his ability to inspire the public as "the man from Hope."
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Eighteen scholars of political communication examine in detail President Clinton's rhetorical work from his earliest candidacy for government positions in Arkansas to his bid for the presidency. While the contributions are diverse in approach and cover many intriguing topics, they are, by and large, sympathetic. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557283726
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction: The Rhetorical Invention of Bill Clinton 1
Bill Clinton's Campaigns for Governor of Arkansas: Prelude to a Presidency 13
Rhetoric and Ritual in the Arkansas Inaugural Addresses 23
Bill Clinton's Stump Speaking: Persuasion through Identification 52
The Jeremiadic Logic of Bill Clinton's Policy Speeches 73
The Stylistic Persona of Bill Clinton: From Arkansas and Aristotelian Attica 101
The Voice of Concern and Concern for the Voice 133
Dodging Charges and Charges of Dodging: Bill Clinton's Defense on the Character Issue 150
De/reconstructing Hillary: From the Retro Ashes of the Donna Reed Fantasy to a '90s View of Women and Politics 163
Imagining the Image: Reinventing the Clintons 187
The New York Convention: Bill Clinton and "A Place Called Hope" 201
The Intertextuality of "The Man from Hope": Bill Clinton as Person, as Persona, as Star? 223
Presidential Debate as Political Ritual: Clinton vs. Bush vs. Perot 249
Riding the Roller Coaster: Bill Clinton and the News Media 273
Easy Access to Sloppy Truths: The '92 Presidential Media Campaign 292
The First E-Mail Election: Electronic Networking and the Clinton Campaign 315
Clinton Goes to Town Hall 341
Living in the Rock n Roll Campaign, or Mystery, Media, and the American Public Imagination: An Intertextual Quest 365
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